|Purred: Sun Jan 12, '14 4:51am PST |
|We're getting a cat in a few months time and we've decided to go forward with a raw diet for him. I find it rather exciting that there is such a strong following among owners and professionals that support this diet.
I've gone through various resources such as articles by veterinarians, YouTube videos and so forth. The things I'm having a hard time grasping is the ratio, diversity of meat, and supplements.
I understand that raw food diet ratio includes: 80% muscle meat, 10% meaty bones, 5% liver, and 5% secreting organs. However some sources say you can only feed liver/heart once a week. Rawfedcats.org states "approximate proportions can and should be fed over time rather at every meal, and the more variety you can include, the better."
I find this odd considering the grinding method (catnutrition.org) would include liver in it's composition for every single meal. Additionally, Catcentric.org provides an excel spreadsheet that calculates the amount of muscle, bone, liver, and organs needed per day.
* Is the ratio meant to be fed overtime through one meal? through one day? or throughout an entire week?
** Also, is it unhealthy to feed only chicken? I was thinking about feeding chicken for most of the week and raw seafood (eg. shrimp, salmon, tilapia, tuna, sardines) for one day of the week. Is that enough diversity of meats? Rabbit is really expensive in the UK and I'd rather not feed meats of non-natural preys such as beef, lamb, or pork.
Lastly, various videos and recipes call for supplements such as Vitamin B-50 complex, Taurine, Vitamin E, bonemeal, egg shells, and salmon oil. The only supplement I thought would be needed on top of the raw food diet was some greens such as wheat/barley/oat grass for them to graze on.
*** What am I suppose to do exactly with supplements? How much do they need? Some articles call for them, some don't, and it really confuses me to what I simply need to feed a healthy cat. I have seen sources cite anything from 100-400mg of Taurine to be added to food per day but Youtube videos show owners providing 1000mg per day on top of feeding 1 heart and a thumb size piece of liver PER MEAL (3-4 times a day). Is that extreme? ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G7WZzhd3xc )
Sorry for the long post, I hope it was clear. Any thoughts, concerns, suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks for reading! =^_^=
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